Like always, the Ted Ludwig Jazz trio does it up at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. At Counterpoint, at 3605 MacArthur, Robert Abbott hosts an open mic night, 9 p.m., free. Local acts Typhoid Mary, Mr. Happy, the Gettys and Tragically White perform at a benefit for B98's Steve “Superman” Medley, 8 p.m., $5. Blues rocker Elvis T. Busboy headlines at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. At the Clinton School, former president of Bolivia Jorge Quiroga will speak, 6 p.m., free.
Rising country star Randy Rogers Band returns to Revolution, with the Dirt Drifters, 9 p.m., $12 adv./$15 d.o.s. Cooper's Orbit brings their infectious roots rock to the Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $5. At White Water Tavern, Matt Anders, Bluesboy Jag and Ace Spade and the Whores of Babylon play a KABF “Radio Free Arkansas” benefit, 10 p.m., $5. Blues woman Shannon Boshears comes to Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. Memphis rockabilly trio the Dempseys come to Sticky Fingerz with Austin folky Dana Falconberry, a Hendrix alum, 9:30 p.m., $7. At White Water Tavern, KABF 88.3 FM hosts a benefit concert, with acts to be named, 10 p.m., $5. Blue-eyed soul man Big John Miller kicks out the jams at Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. At Downtown Music, Synfest II will feature a full slate of metal, with Dirtyfinger, Mourningview, Wishtribe, Sychosys, Drop Dead and Monoxide, 7 p.m., $7.
Tragikly White, one of Little Rock's premier party bands, comes to the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Another local favorite, the Gettys, plays Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $5. At White Water Tavern, local bluegrass favorite Runaway Planet headlines with Freeverse, 9 p.m., $5. Popular jam band Weakness for Blondes is at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5, while Revolution hosts Fayetteville's favorite cover act Molten Lava, 10 p.m., $5. Local rockers Loch Ness Monster play Vino's with Land of Mines and Woodswyck, 8:30 p.m., $7. Singer/songwriter Adam Hambrick performs at Juanita's, 9:30 p.m., $7. At Cajun's, Stark Naked and the Car Thieves play Motown, blues and rock, 9 p.m., $5. In North Little Rock, Austin 305 kicks out the country-rock jams at Counterpoint, 11 p.m., $5. Michael Shane and Platinumb are at Discovery, midnight, $5-$10.